Get Your Kids To Eat Healthy With A Toaster Oven
Being a parent, one of the last things that I want to do when I get home from work is to slave over a hot stove to prepare a decent meal for my family. It is so much easier to get something out of the freezer that is already made or to order in. But after many of these types of days of quick fixes I started to feel guilty about what was actually in the food that I was feeding my family. I started to look for healthy alternatives that would save me some time without compromising the ingredients. This is when I came across how a toaster oven can help me accomplish both of these goals. I always thought these small appliances were just mainly use for making toast or heating frozen pizzas, but I could not have been more wrong.
Finding a quality model was not that hard. After examining the latest countertop toaster oven reviews online, I found that Breville, Cuisinart, and Kitchenaid all make excellent toaster ovens. My final choice came down to features and budget. I ended up getting a Breville Smart Oven, but there were many other ovens I’m sure that would have performed just as well in my kitchen. So if you end up buying a toaster oven, these are the brands that I would stick with.
Now that I have used it over the last year, it is easy to see how having one of these in my home has benefited me and my family. It really has help transform the way that we eat and my attitude towards cooking. Here is a quick list of some of the advantages of using a toaster oven that I have discovered.
Huge Time Saver
Little things like quick preheat and convection cooking have really reduced the amount of time that I really need to think about using an oven. A smaller oven will heat up faster, pretty logical, but it never occurred to me how those minutes add up. Hitting a button then a few seconds later having it ready to cook is a real luxury.
My Breville oven happens to come with a convection cooking function which basically circulates the air inside of the machine to ensure everything is done evenly. This also helps concentrate the heat so things cook a little bit faster without burning or sacrificing flavor. Again, it may be just a few minutes, but they add up. These two things alone have probably saved me a few hours alone over the course of the year.
In turn, my attitude has changed a little when I go to prepare a meal now that I know that it won’t take as long. It seems a little less like work, so I enjoy doing it more often. This has gone a long way to also increase the number of different dishes that I try and cook and experiment with some tasty and healthy toaster oven recipes that I find online.
Control Over Ingredients
Now that I enjoy cooking a little more and actually look forward to it I actually do it more often. And one of the perks of home cooking is that you can control what goes into each and every meal. For the health conscious mom, this is a real blessing. You know exactly what is going into your kid’s tummies and you can feel good about what they eat. It sounds corny, but this actually leaves me with a real sense of pride.
With a good toaster oven, you will be able to roast, broil, bake, and cook just about every kind of recipe that you can do in a full sized oven, which means there is no limits to the nutritious meals that you prepare. Only it won’t take as long. Having at least one meal a day that you have control over will help ensure that your children’s diet is somewhat positive.
Easier To Clean
This is another obvious observation, but having a smaller oven is a lot easier to maintain. Most of them come with non-stick interiors which wipe up extremely easy with just a damp rag. However, I would make sure to keep an eye on crumb tray accessibility when shopping. I have seen some ovens where you can only get to it from the back, which is not really that convenient.
This is something that I have heard, and it makes sense, but it is not something that I have actually calculated. You would think that a smaller oven that is on for a less amount of time would use less energy. It sounds good to me, so I am going to go with that.
This is the one thing that kind of hit me after a few months, but I now enjoy going into the kitchen and cooking for everyone. I try to use the Breville countertop oven whenever I get a chance and it does not seem like a chore anymore. Some days I actually look forward to getting home to see what magic I can create in the toaster oven. This is something that I would never have imagined a year ago and even I am surprised.
If you are ready to take back control of what your family eats and you want to make something that is not only healthy for them, but they will also enjoy eating, then get a toaster oven and see how it can change your feelings toward spending more time in the kitchen. You just might be surprised as well.